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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at the RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at the RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

Members: 11953
Latest Activity: 45 minutes ago

Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times.

The RTC will stream PIR live at and beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person.


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


When will "The Box" come?

It will usually arrive by FedEx within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks at times.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival. (You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at This form letter is full of info and you will need it to get the vehicle/gate pass if you are driving onto the RTC for PIR, so keep it in a safe place. It includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight if something happens without a charge, so you do not have to book refundable tickets. Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing this very special event and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet (go to Events on the right or in the tab above and move the calendar to the day before PIR and then locate it) and maybe part of another Meet and Greet (Ramada Inn has one and sometimes Flanagan's). If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday and if your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a Meet and Greet at the Sundance Saloon in Waukegan the night before PIR. His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. New groups are posted on here or you can go to and join the group for that once it has been created.


How do I know who my recruit plans to put on the Access List?

The Form Letter will also include the names of up to 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the TG, that your recruit plans to put on the Access List about 10 days before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they submitted the names during the week of PIR). If the names on the form letter are not the same as those who will be attending, write to your recruit and give him/her the names that should be listed as they should be written. Recruits sometimes write “Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis” or other similar names to save time and give them more time to write a short note to you (one recruit wrote a single letter on each line); don’t worry your recruit will write the given names on the Access List when the time comes. If you are concerned that your recruit may not know someone’s given name or the correct spelling of someone’s name, write to your recruit and give him/her the names as they should be included on the Access List. Nicknames that a reasonable person would associate with the name on the ID are fine, but it is best if the names on the Access List match the ID’s of those who are attending. will tell you how many guests your recruit is permitted. Children ages 2 and under do not have to be listed, but all others must be on the Access List in order to attend PIR. The then Sailor is able to change the names s/he has submitted for the Access List up to 24 hours before PIR if needed, but it is best if s/he submits the correct names the first time.


How do I get the vehicle/gate pass?

About 11 days before PIR the link to download the vehicle/gate pass will be posted at You will need to enter the password from the form letter using all capital letters and then print the vehicle pass and handwrite in the information to fill in the blanks. You can print off more than one vehicle pass if your Sailor's guests will be arriving in more than one vehicle or just to be certain that you know where one is.


What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and


Donna is not on the site much now and lemonelephant will be helping out along with many others who have begun this journey before you. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)


Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Comment by lemonelephant 10 hours ago

navigator96, check in the discussion for that division in PIR 05/08/2015 TG 26 - 9 Divisions (169-176 and 926).

Comment by navigator96 10 hours ago
Has anyone recieved a call from div 174
Comment by DREW7062 10 hours ago
STEPHENSMOM: Great, I'm glad you enjoyed your SR.... IM Sooooo happy for you! My times coming approaching fast lol... My grandma used to say DONT RUSH YOUR LIFE AWAY lol... But I'm rushing his PIR...... take care
Comment by stephensmom 11 hours ago
Drew7062, it was great!! I got to spend two and a half days with my sailor and it was wonderful! I wish I could have stopped time, but I enjoyed every moment. :)
Comment by DREW7062 11 hours ago
MICHELLE: Listen to STEPHENSMOM ASHE KNOWS WHAT SHES TALKING ABOUT the time will fly I cannot believe how soon it is to my sons GRADUATIKN seems like he left yesterday yes, you'll miss your SR but once you hear their voice you'll feel much better. I was surprised at how good he sounded he said his RDCS ARE GREAT. Abe sounded so mature like he really growing up. Good luck Michelle it will be okay. STEPHENSMOM, how did everything go
Comment by stephensmom 12 hours ago
Mattsmom, it is okay if you get upset in front of him when he leaves. I was worried about the same and held it all within, but in the end I burst at the seams. My son was surprised but he admitted of also being afraid of the unknown ahead and we hugged for the longest time. In that moment, I feel we bonded even tighter and thinking back about it makes me smile. :)
Comment by stephensmom 12 hours ago
(((Michelle))) it IS hard, especially in the beginning, but it does get easier as time passes and you get to talk to your son and hear he is doing well. You will be so impressed when you see him at PIR! It is amazing how much they mature in those two months!! That first hug is going to feel like winning the lottery. :)
Comment by lemonelephant 12 hours ago

Here are the current PIR groups:

PIR: 04/03/2015 TG 21 - 9 Divisions (129-136 and 921) 4 guests

PIR: 04/10/2015 TG 22 - 10 Divisions (137-144, 809, and 922) 4 guests

PIR: 04/17/2015 TG 23 - 9 Divisions (145-152 and 923) 4 guests

PIR: 04/24/2015 TG 24 - 9 Divisions (153-160 and 924) 4 guests

PIR: 05/01/2015 TG 25 - 10 Divisions (161-168, 810, and 925) 4 guests

PIR: 05/08/2015 TG 26 - 9 Divisions (169-176 and 926) 4 guests

PIR: 05/15/2015 TG 27 (to be updated; begins with Division 177 and contains Division 927)

Click on the date and join to connect with others with loved ones training with your recruit.

Comment by Mattsmom 13 hours ago
Michelle, I feel exactly the same as you, my son leaves on April 7th. He is 22 and is on his way back from his last trip with his buddies. I am sooo gonna miss those calls and texts...I am so happy for him because he's so excited but I'm definitely getting anxious...I'm praying for calmness for myself. I don't want to get upset in front of him when he leaves.
Comment by Mamakweenb 13 hours ago

Hi michelle! It sure does come up super fast! My son arrived at RTC on tues. March 24. This site is wonderful! It truly has been my rock, and it will be yours too! The kind words and advice are oh so comforting! Strength in numbers! ♡♡♡


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